Mini(ARC)-Review – Entwined by Kristen Callihan

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**I received this book for free from the publisher or author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.**

Mini(ARC)-Review – Entwined by Kristen CallihanEntwined by Kristen Callihan
Series: Darkest London #3.5
Published by Forever on November 5, 2013
Genres: Paranormal Romance
Pages: 40
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Eamon Evernight has always lived in his older brother's shadow. While his brother is fair of hair and lithe in body, Eamon sparks fear with his fiery locks and massive frame-and rumors of a mysterious power. But when his brother has the good fortune to be betrothed to a beautiful stranger, it's Eamon's help-and quick wit and romantic heart--that he needs. Eamon agrees to write the noble lady...a generous offer that will forever leave him a changed man. 

Lady Luella Jane Moran has no interest in an arranged marriage and tries valiantly to dissuade her betrothed from afar. Though her own letters plainly state her case, the words her husband-to-be writes her leave her aching for his touch. Will Lu give in to the desire the missives have kindled within her? Or will desire turn cold when she discovers their true author?


Well, it’s official:  Kristen Callihan can do no wrong.  I love everything about her Darkest London series (which I have yet to review on the blog but I will, I promise!) – from the period setting, to the supernatural and paranormal elements she weaves in so seamlessly, to the strong heroines and wonderfully drawn heroes, Darkest London is one of my favorite discoveries of the past year.  I adore these books and was excited to see this novella, Entwined, offered for review on NetGalley.  It’s book 3.5 in the series and it’s perfect for those readers wanting to dip their toes into Callihan’s world while eagerly awaiting the upcoming release of book four.

All I have of you are these letters, and I covet them, hiding the stack away like some miser before the winter.  For I fear that, should I lose them, I’d lose a part of you, and my soul would be irrevocably torn.  — Eamon

Entwined tells the story of Eamon Evernight and his courtship of Lady Luella Moran.  Their courtship is complicated since Eamon has been writing letters to her as his brother, her betrothed, and that’s just one of several massive secrets that both Eamon and Luella are hiding.  Entwined is a sweet, romantic little novella with a touch of magic and suspense.  Callihan does an admirable job of building the tension – waiting for those secrets to be revealed created a wonderfully tense pace.  The chemistry and repartee between Eamon and Luella, both in person and through letters, is smart, funny, flirty and romantic.  And the sex scene is so awkward but achingly sweet that you can’t help but smile, be a bit embarrassed, and then smile again.  Of course there’s some mild action with a villain, some magic because this is Darkest London after all, and somewhat of an obscure but ultimately satisfying tie-in to the series as a whole.  In fact, I had to go back and re-read some passages in Winterblaze to really get the full connection.  It was worth it and reminded me of key plot points from the last book which should carry over through the overall series.

You can read Entwined as a standalone, however, it won’t give you the full punch of the supernatural world Callihan has created which truly is engrossing.  If you’re a fan of the series, this is a must read simply because it’s a good story.  5 Howls!


About Kristen Callihan

Kristen Callihan is a child of the 80’s, which means she’s worn neon skirts, black-lace gloves, and combat boots (although never all at once) and can quote John Hughes movies with the best of them. A life long daydreamer, she finally realized that the characters in her head needed a proper home and thus hit the keyboard. She believes that falling in love is one of the headiest experiences a person can have, so naturally she writes romance. Her love of superheroes, action movies, and history led her to write historical paranormals. She lives in the Washington D.C. area and, when not writing, looks after two children, one husband, and a dog — the fish can fend for themselves.

5 Responses to “Mini(ARC)-Review – Entwined by Kristen Callihan”

  1. Braine Talk Supe

    Closing my eyes because I haven’t read this so I just looked at the howls! I’m so behind reading books that I want to read it’s getting ridiculous. I’m this close to putting an announcement on the blog that I won’t be accepting review requests for the meantime. Get my time back!
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    • shewolfreads

      I didn’t realize there was a geographical limit to this one. It’s out now so read it when you can! It really is a treat. I love this series!!